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February 16, 2017
‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go’ with HHM’s Nationwide Independent Hotel Portfolio
Starting on Dr. Seuss’ Birthday, March 2nd, HHM’s Independent Hotel Portfolio will kick off National Reading Month with “Oh, the Places You’ll Go with Literacy,” a month-long campaign to collect books (and donations for books) for local children in need.
PHILADELPHIA (February 16, 2017) – With clever whimsy and insightful prose, Dr. Seuss sets the tone for the month-long campaign led by HHM’s Independent Hotel Portfolio to promote literacy this March, National Reading Month. In partnership with the United Way and Cradles to Crayons, the campaign “Oh, the Places You’ll Go with Literacy” will launch on Dr. Seuss’s birthday – March 2- with launch events at participating hotels.
For the duration of the campaign, March 2- March 31, 2017, these hotels will collect books and donations to purchase books for local children in need. As partners, United Way and Cradles to Crayons will facilitate in the procurement of Dr. Seuss books for sale at the hotels along with the collection and distribution of books and donations.
“As a company and particularly at our independent hotels, education remains a focus of our corporate philanthropy. We are committed to promoting education wherever we can.” said Naveen Kakarla, Chief Executive Officer. “Through EarthView, our environmental and community engagement program, we use our corporate philanthropy to make impactful changes in the communities where we do business. The excitement around this project has been better than expected and we look forward to great results.”
Hotels will participate in three ways. First, drop-off boxes collecting new and gently used books for readers under 12 years old will be placed it in the lobby of participating hotels. Dr. Seuss classics will also be for sale in the lobby or in guestrooms and all proceeds from the sales will be donated to the campaign. Purchasers can choose to take the book with them or drop it in the lobby collection box. Lastly, the front desk of participating hotels will be accepting donations; guests can add these donations to their bill at checkout.
Participating hotels include:
Duane Street Hotel, Tribeca
NU Hotel Brooklyn
The Boxer Boston
Capitol Hill Hotel
The St. Gregory Hotel
The Independent Hotel
Hotel Milo Santa Barbara
The company’s Philadelphia corporate headquarters will also be collecting books and monetary donations.
Will they succeed? As Dr. Seuss might say, “98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.”
HHM, formerly known as Hersha Hospitality Management, operates nearly 130 hotels across the United States. It provides turnkey hotel management, asset management and receivership for properties with leading 4 brand affiliations through Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt and Intercontinental Hotel Group. HHM also operates 28 independent hotels ranging from The Rittenhouse Hotel, a Forbes Four-Star property in Philadelphia, to the Larkspur Landing hotels, all-suite extended stay properties in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. Its highly experienced team is accustomed to serving as a fiduciary to publicly traded companies, joint ventures, institutional real estate owners and private investors. Additional information on HHM can be found at hhmhospitality.com.